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Anyone want to help with this race?

Hypothetical Race: Robert Byrd retires after 59 years in Congress. Who will win his seat? Can the Democrats hold West Virginia, or will it's conservative leanings turn it red?

Candidates:

Democrats:

Gov. Joe Manchin

Rep. Nick Rahall

Rep. Alan Mollohan

Republicans:

Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)

Mountain Party:

Jesse Johnson

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Democrats

-Secretary of State Natalie Tennant

-Attorney General Darrell McGraw

-Treasurer John Perdue

-Auditor Glen B. Gainer III

-Agricultural Commissioner Gus R. Douglass

-Governor Joe Manchin

-Rep. Alan Mollohan

-Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II

-Speaker Ron M. Thompson

-Delegate Linda Goode Phillips

Republicans

-Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

-Secretary of State Betty Ireland

-Delegate Patti Eagloski Schoen

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You might include race as I'm sure anyone who runs against him will bring up the fact that he was in the KKK and vetoed the civil rights act.

I would just make a blanket issue, "Civil Rights".

Byrd's racist past doesn't seem to have bothered West Virginia voters much, as he wins re-election by overwhelming margins. His closest Senate election was his first one in 1958 - he won by a 59%-40% margin, defeating an incumbent who was very pro-civil rights.

I wouldn't make it a high-profile issue.

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With the recent mine collapse, I think that an elevate issue should be Miner's Rights. I come from near the WV border on the Virginia side, and I know this is a major issue in Southeast of that side and the Southwest of mine.

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